The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Bauchi State has threatened that farmers among its members would stop moving food items to the Southern part of the country if “war against Fulani should continue unchecked.”
The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call some governors to order on issue of Fulani hersdmen.
Holding a press conference at the Press Centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State Council, the state chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, accused many leaders, particularly some governors fanning the ember of violence in their states.
According to him, many recent statements credited to some political leaders was a clear indication that the unity of Nigeria was at stake, saying only Mr. President can protect the nation.
He said: ‘Recent utterances by some state governors, even to the extent of threatening to expel Fulani herders from their territories, are worrisome. All these point to the fact that some people have an agenda of instigating violence in order to wipe the Fulani people from the land.
“The position of our state council on these issues is to call on the President to quickly address those leaders who are violating the constitution by disenfranchising on the fundamental rights of some particular members of the society.
“The statements made by the these leaders are a clear indication that the unity of Nigeria is at stake and can only be protected by Mr President.”
He said President Buhari should particularly sanction governors of Benue, Ekiti, Oyo and Taraba States
He condemned those attacking the Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, for his recent statement in defending the interest of Fulani herdsmen.
He justified the governor’s statement that herders were forced to defend themselves by carrying arms as a result of the failure of the country and its citizens to protect them.
He promised that the association will continue to educate to remain law abiding citizens of Nigeria and reject any attempt by any tribe to criminalise them.
He said: “We will continue to educate and enlighten our members to continue to be law abiding but should lawfully reject any attempt by a group of tribes in Nigeria trying to control and instigate violence in a united Nigeria.”
“We support the executive governor of Bauchi State that once the lives and properties of citizens are in danger, we have no option than protecting ourselves.
“We warn that when these issues continue to linger, we will advise our members who produce animals and foodstuff to stop the transportation of such food items to the South.”